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Posted on: November 18, 2010 2:33 pm
 

Hernandez wins in runaway

Felix Hernandez
It wasn't a surprise that the Mariners' Felix Hernandez won the American League Cy Young, but it was a least a bit surprising that it wasn't close. It was also a bit surprising that David Price, not CC Sabathia, came in second.

Hernandez, despite a modest win-loss record of 13-12, got 21 of 28 first-place votes. Price got four and Sabathia three. They were followed in points by Jon Lester and Jered Weaver (completing, ahem, the exact top five I chose).

The Baseball Writers' Association of America doesn't ordinarily publicize the votes of individual members, but made an exception in this case "because of the heightened interest in this award." Below are the first-place votes by pitcher. There were two voters from each AL city.

Hernandez:
Ken Rosenthal, Fox; Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe ; Michael Silverman, Boston Herald ; Erik Boland, Newsday ; Joe Smith, St. Petersburg Times ; Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune ; Lynn Henning, Detroit News ; John Lowe, Detroit Free Press ; Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star ; Joe Posnanski, SI.com; Joe Christensen, Minneapolis Star Tribune ; John Shipley, St. Paul Pioneer Press ; Hirokazu Higuchi, Chunichi Shimbun (LA); Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports; Jorge Ortiz, USA Today ; Ray Ratto, At Large (SF/Oakland); Kirby Arnold, Everett Herald ; Larry Stone, Seattle Times ; Richard Durrett, At Large (Dallas-Fort Worth); Anthony Andro, Fort Worth Star-Telegram ; Morgan Campbell, Toronto Star .

Price: Mel Antonen, USA Today ; Tony Fabrizio, Tampa Tribune ; Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune ; Chris Assenheimer. Elyria (OH) Chronicle.

Sabathia: George King, New York Post ; Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun ; Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon Journal .

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 9:46 am
 

MLB Facts & Rumors Cy Young Awards

The major baseball awards will be announced next week, and the staff at MLB Facts and Rumors is making our choices this week. Today, David, Evan and Trent name their Manager of the Year selections. As with the BBWAA awards, a first-place vote is worth seven points, second place four, third place three, fourth place two and fifth place one.

While the National League award is for the best pitcher in the league, the American League vote seems to be a referendum on the BBWAA and its acceptance of newer statistics and abandoning the win as its basis for measuring a pitcher's success.

AMERICAN LEAGUE CY YOUNG AWARD

Felix Hernandez David Andriesen
1. Felix Hernandez, SEA
2. David Price, TB
3. CC Sabathia, NYY
4. Jon Lester, BOS
5. Jered Weaver, LAA

Some people will knock Hernandez for his team’s offensive futility, but I won’t. And if you take wins out of the discussion, he wins easily. Price edges Sabathia with an ERA nearly half a point better. If it seems strange Cliff Lee isn’t in this discussion, keep in mind he missed the first month of the season.

Evan Brunell
1. SP Felix Hernandez, SEA
2. SP CC Sabathia, NYY
3. SP Francisco Liriano, MIN
4. SP Jon Lester, BOS
5. SP David Price, TB

Lee stays off this ballot because in his time in Texas, he wasn't quite Cy Young-worthy as compared to full seasons of the above. Hernandez was otherworldly, but let down by one of baseball's worst offenses in history. With the run support of the Yankees, Hernandez very well could have reached 25 wins.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1. Felix Hernandez, SEA
2. David Price, TB
3. Francisco Liriano, MIN
4. CC Sabathia, NY
5. Cliff Lee, SEA/TEX

I think enough has been said about the Hernandez vs. the world, but I'm not sure Price or Liriano have quite gotten the credit they deserve. So many people have set it up as Hernandez vs. Sabathia, and I'm not so sure that's the right question.

NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG AWARD

Roy Halladay David Andriesen
1. Roy Halladay, PHI
2. Adam Wainwright, STL
3. Josh Johnson, FLA
4. Ubaldo Jimenez, COL
5. Tim Hudson, ATL

This one is really close, but I’m letting Halladay’s perfect game and NL lead in innings pitched put him ahead of Wainwright, who was second in the NL in wins and ERA. Jimenez came back to earth after his ridiculous first half, as did Johnson, who missed the last month but still finished with the ERA title.

Evan Brunell
1. SP Roy Halladay, PHI
2. SP Adam Wainwright, STL
3. SP Josh Johnson, FLA
4. SP Ubaldo Jimenez, COL
5. SP Tim Hudson, ATL

Halladay got more than he bargained for with Adam Wainwright neck-and-neck for the Cy race, but Halladay gets the nod due to innings pitched and xFIP, which clearly shows that Halladay was the better pitcher. His domination is evident to all.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1. Roy Halladay, PHI
2. Adam Wainwright, STL
3. Josh Johnson, FLA
4. Ubaldo Jimenez, COL
5. Tim Lincecum, SF

It seems to be hard to believe that Halladay didn't live up to expectations -- and considering some expected him to win 30 games, he didn't live up to the highest of expectation. But he still had an amazing season and should win this one going away against some pretty good competition. Still, the fact that Halladay did what he was able to do in a bandbox of a ballpark, it's quite impressive. Kind of like the Rookie of the Year, give me any of these guys in a Game 1 and I feel pretty good.

MLB Facts and Rumors AL Cy Young Award
It's at least a runaway here, as Felix Hernandez gets the nod, making stat-heads happy everywhere. CC Sabathia and David Price tie for what Ricky Bobby would call "first loser." I still have enough faith in the BBWAA that it'll get this one right, despite so many doubters.

MLB Facts and Rumors NL Cy Young Award
The voting isn't as close as the race, but Roy Halladay is the unanimous winner. Expect the real vote to be similar.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:23 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 3:34 am
 

Price is the players' choice

David Price
The most debated postseason award this year is the American League Cy Young. CC Sabathia or Felix Hernandez? Hernandez or Sabathia?

Their peers have spoken, and their answer is: neither.

It was announced Thursday that Tampa Bay's David Price was named the AL's outstanding pitcher in the Players Choice Awards. Price was 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA this season, his first full season in the majors.

Price didn't lead the league in anything -- he was third in ERA (Hernandez was tops at 2.27) and second in wins (Sabathia had 21). But the Rays were 23-8 when Price started, and he was 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in September as the Rays held off the Yankees and won the AL East.

Obviously the other players in the league were impressed with Price, and he probably benefited from a split of votes between Sabathia and Hernandez. Could this portend a surprise in the Cy Young results, which will be announced November 18?

"I would definitely like to have that one, but this is pretty close," he told the Tampa Tribune. "I feel this is just an equivalent, if not as much gratification."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 6:50 pm
 

Players choice finalists announced

Carlos Gonzalez In September, major-league players voted for the Players Choice Awards, coordinated by the union. Friday, the MLBPA released the three finalists for each of the awards, which will be announced over the course of next week.

Player of the year (both leagues): Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies, pictured), Josh Hamilton (Rangers), Joey Votto (Reds).

Man of the year (for off-field efforts): Torii Hunter (Angels), Brandon Inge (Tigers), Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies).

NL outstanding player: Gonzalez, Albert Pujols (Cardinals), Votto.

NL outstanding pitcher: Roy Halladay (Phillies), Ubaldo Jimenez (Rockies), Adam Wainwright (Cardinals).

NL outstanding rookie: Jaime Garcia (Cardinals), Jason Heyward (Braves), Buster Posey (Giants).

NL comeback player: R.A. Dickey (Mets), Tim Hudson (Braves), Aubrey Huff (Giants).

AL outstanding player: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Hamilton.

AL outstanding pitcher: Felix Hernandez (Mariners), David Price (Rays), CC Sabathia (Yankees).

AL outstanding rookie: Wade Davis (Rays), Neftali Feliz (Rangers), Austin Jackson (Tigers).

AL comeback player: Freddy Garcia (White Sox), Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers), Francisco Liriano (Twins).

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 4:38 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Rangers-Rays Game 5 breakdown

The statistical breakdown of Game 5 of the ALDS, with the Yankees ready to take on the winner. (All stats from the regular season.)

Texas Rangers


Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

1. Elvis Andrus, SS
overall: .265/.342/.301 in 588 AB, 32 SB
vs. TB: /350/.435/.500 in 20 AB
on road: .268/.354/.292 in 284 AB,
against LHP: .268/.341/.301 in 153 AB

2. Michael Young, 3B
overall: .284/.330/.444 in 656 AB, 21 HR
vs. TB: .118/.118/.118 in 17 AB
on road: .260/.299/.380 in 334 AB
against LHP: .322/.374/.497 in 171 AB, 6 HR

Cliff Lee 3. Josh Hamilton, CF
overall: .359/.411/.633 in 518 AB, 32 HR
vs. TB: .300/.364/.700 in 20 AB, 2 HR
on road: .327/.382/.512 in 254 AB, 10 HR
against LHP: .271/.331/.458 in 166 AB

4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
overall: .300/.345/.496 in 593 AB, 29 HR
vs. TB: .304/.333/.478 in 23 AB
on road: .284/.336/.461 in 282 AB, 13 HR
against LHP: .338/.395/.536 in 151 AB, 7 HR

5. Nelson Cruz, LF
overall: .318/.374/.576 in 399 AB, 22 HR
vs. TB: N/A
on road: .267/.324/.480 in 202 AB, 9 HR
against LHP: .330/.388/.587 in 109 AB, 21 RBI

6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
overall: .286/.382/.412 in 391 AB
vs. TB: .222/.417/.222 in 9 AB
on road: .257/.322/.388 in 206 AB
against LHP: .376/.473/.484 in 93 AB

7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
overall: .249/.300/.383 in 454 AB
vs. TB: N/A
on road: .270/.328/.405 in 237 AB
against LHP: .300/.363/.442 in 120 AB, 4 HR

9. Bengie Molina
overall: .240/.279/.320 in 175 AB
vs. TB: .333/.500/.500 in 6 AB
on road: .241/.292/.316 in 176 AB
against LHP: .350/.412/.420 in 100 AB

9. Mitch Moreland, 1B
overall: .255/.364/.469 in 145 AB
vs. TB: .111/.200/.444 in 9 AB
on road: .244/.330/.500 in 86 AB
against LHP: .200/.304/.300 in 20 AB

LHP Cliff Lee
overall: 12-9, 3.18 ERA, 3.23 xFIP, 212 1/3 IP
since joining TEX: 4-6, 3.98 ERA, 3.27 xFIP, 108 2/3 IP
vs. TB: 3 GS, 23 2/3 IP, 4.56 ERA, 2 BB, 25 K, 12 ER, 0 HR
on road: 7-6, 3.53 ERA, 3.49 xFIP, 112 1/3 IP

X-factor to win: This game comes down to the starting pitching. Lee won the first matchup, it's down to him and David Price.

Keep an eye on: Besides Lee? How about Josh Hamilton? He's 2 for 14 this series with two singles. He led the majors with a 1.044 OPS during the regular season, but has an OPS of .393 in the first four games.

Tampa Bay Rays

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

1. Jason Bartlett, SS
overall: .254/.324/.350 in 532 AB
vs. TEX: .385/.429/.385 in 13 AB
at home: .272/.335/.346 in 217 AB
against LHP: .273/.355/.375 in 165 AB

2. Ben Zobrist. RF
overall: .238/.346/.353 in 541 AB
vs. TEX: .444/.615./500 in 18 AB
at home: .215/.345/.302 in 242 AB
against LHP: .247/.345/.349 in 166 AB

David Price 3. Carl Crawford, LF
overall: .307/.356/.495 in 600 AB, 110 R
vs. TEX: .222/.241/.407 in 27 AB
at home: .300/.352/.505 in 277 AB with 11 HR
against LHP: .256/.312/.384 in 203 AB

4. Evan Longoria, 3B
overall: .294/.372/.507 in 574 AB, 104 RBI
vs. TEX: .417/.464/.917 in 24 AB with 2 HR, 10 RBI
at home: .324/.403/.527 in 275 AB, 10 HR
against LHP: .324/.411/.545 in 176 AB with 5 HR

5. Carlos Pena, 1B
overall: .196/.325/.407 in 484 AB, 28 HR
vs. TEX: .174/.321/.348 in 23 AB
at home: .207/.335/.464 in 237 AB, 18 HR
against LHP: .179/.316/.359 in 156 AB

6. B.J. Upton, CF
overall: .237/.322/.424 in 536 AB, 42 SB
vs. TEX: .348/.444/.652 in 23 AB with 4 doubles
at home: .250/.339/.420 in 264 AB
against LHP: .278/.381/.538 in 169 AB

7. Dan Johnson, DH
overall: .198/.343/.414 in 111 AB
vs. TEX: .250/.400/.250 in 4 AB
at home: .190/.284/.431 in 58 AB
against LHP: .235/.391/.471 in 17 AB with 1 home run

8. Kelly Shoppach, C
overall: .196/.308/.342 in 159 AB
vs. TEX: .154/.313/.321 in 13 AB
at home: .218/.296/.414 in 87 AB
against LHP: .261/.375/.455 in 88 AB, 4 HR

9. Sean Rodriguez, 2B
overall: .251/.308/.397 in 343 AB
vs. TEX: .278/.278/.444 in 18 AB
at home: .244/.318/.398 in 176 AB
against LHP: .292/.375/.442 in 120 AB

LHP David Price
overall: 19-6, 2.72 ERA, 3.99 xFIP, 208 2/3 IP
vs. TEX: 1 GS, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER (3.00 ERA), 5 BB, 8 K
at home: 9-2, 1.96 ERA, 3.64 xFIP, 114 2/3 IP

X-factor to win: I'll repeat what was said for the Rangers: "This game comes down to the starting pitching. Lee won the first matchup, it's down to him and David Price."

Keep an eye on: Besides Price? Let's stick with the mirror images -- Evan Longoria. Like Hamilton, he's coming off an injury and hasn't played up to his capabilities. He's 4 for 16 in the first four games, but does have a homer and two doubles.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 12:12 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:09 am
 

Lee-Price good, but not best LDS matchup

Our old friends at the Baseball Reference Blog ask if tomorrow night's matchup between the Rangers' Cliff Lee and the Rays' David Price is the best matchup of starters in a Game 5 of an LDS ever.

Being the Baseball Reference Blog, they give us a list of all the other Game 5 match-ups. So eyeballing it, it seemed two passed the first-glance, sniff test as being perhaps better: 2003 ALDS between Boston (Pedro Martinez) and Oakland (Barry Zito) and the 1981 NLDS between Houston (Nolan Ryan) and Los Angeles (Jerry Reuss).

Now, I didn't use the most scientific method for this, but based on a quick look, both of those were better than Tuesday's game. What I did, was just add the ERA+ for both pitchers in their respective seasons. My reasoning is that ERA+ tells you how those pitchers performed relative to the rest of their leagues that season (park adjusted) on a scale of 100 being average, so it's close to being apples to apples.

What surprised me wasn't that tomorrow's game wasn't the top score -- but how far it was behind.

Here's the three ranked:
2003 -- Martinez (211) + Zito (135) = 346
1981 -- Ryan (195) + Reuss (146) = 341
2010 -- Price (145) + Lee (130) = 275

That doesn't mean I won't be watching and it's not a good matchup, but maybe we should save some of the superlatives.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 3:37 pm
 

Rays announce ALDS rotation

The Rays have announced their rotation against the Rangers:

Game 1: David Price
Game 2: James Shields
Game 3: Matt Garza
Game 4. Wade Davis
Game 5: Price

According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times (via Twitter ), the Rays won't announce the rest of their roster until Tuesday at the earliest. He expects Jeff Niemann in the bullpen.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 7:38 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 12:23 am
 

Price will pitch in relief Saturday

David Price David Price won't start on Saturday, but has a chance at his 20th victory anyway.

The Rays will use Price in relief for two innings in Kansas City on Saturday, the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin tweets . Either Jeremy Hellickson or Andy Sonnanstine will start against the Royals.

Price has already set the team's record for most wins in a season and can become the franchise's first 20-game winner if he manages a win in relief.

UPDATE: Sonnanstine will start for the Rays tomorrow.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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